Reggie McKenzie is going to have to make a very inspired hire to replace Hue Jackson. Say what you will of the outspoken former coach of the Oakland Raiders but he transformed the silver and blakc offense from ugly to unstoppable. To put that in perspective it would be like Kim Kardashian’s next sucker husband turning her from reality attention whore into humble housewife.
Call it whatever you will but Jackson’s efforts resulted in a minor miracle of sorts. That is precisely why McKenzie is said to be looking in all places possible to find the next ex-coach of the Oakland Raiders. That even includes trying to tap fellow AFC West rivals for potential candidates.
According to reports the Raiders are interested in both the defensive and offensive coordinators of the Denver Broncos. Both Mike McCoy and Dennis Allen have popped up on Oakland’s radar. The two men were responsible for coaching up the offense and defense respectively of the defending AFC West champs.
McCoy gets props for reinventing the Donkey offense on the fly when Touchdown Jesus ascended to the throne in Denver. Of course none of the success achieved by God’s Son would have been possible this year without Allen’s work with the Denver defense.
Perhaps just looking to pick the brains of a few rivals, McKenzie can’t possibly be considering installing an offense similar to the high school scheme the Broncos ran this year. However there is no reason why the silver and black wouldn’t be better served with a defensive mind installing a modern defensive scheme. At this point about anything would be better than Al Davis’ outdated, draw-it-up-in-the-dirt defense (with all due respect to what those defensive philosophies meant to the progression of the game).
Beyond the rival Donkeys, the Raiders are also said to be pursuing one of the hotter coaching commodities in the NFL.
New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is expected to interview now that his team is out of the playoffs. Not that he needs much selling but Carmichael has been working with Sean Payton in designing one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses. Safe to say the thought of a great offensive mind getting his hands on Darren McFadden has got to be very tempting. That is if Run DMC can remain healthy.
But that’s a totally different subject.
What is most relevant at the moment is finding a can’t-miss-coach. Enough with these musical chair games in the East Bay. This whole process might be new and exciting to McKenzie but to Raider Nation it’s as old and tired as Barbara Bush.
McKenzie can’t afford to roll the dice and hope for the best. He’s got to put his chips on a guaranteed winner. Easier said than done but by firing a coach that was at least taking the team in the right direction McKenzie is sending a clear message that winning is possible with the right leadership. No matter where the next coach comes from he’d better be ready to do more than talk about winning. That talk is cheap. We’ve heard it from every man that Al Davis introduced over the last decade yet more often than not saw the same results…at least until Jackson came along…